Energy professionals convene at the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at Manila, Philippines, to network, discuss issues, and do business in the month of June every year. The event, known as Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF), provides a great opportunity for the participants to share knowledge and ideas on the key issues in Asia’s clean energy sector.  This year, the ADB, in partnership with USAID and World Energy Council, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the ACEF conference from June 15 to 19.

On the invitation of the ADB, Mr.Rajkiran Bilolikar, Associate Professor in Energy Area at the Administrative Staff College of India, attended ACEF-2015 and addressed a thematic session on ‘The Role of Energy Service Companies in Promoting Energy Efficiency and Energy Service Company (ESCO) Business Models in the Asian Context’. He presented the ASCI's work in effective implementation of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) in the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He also shared a case study on ‘Retrofitting Mahindra Towers: How an Innovative ESCO Model Lowers Energy Bills with no Upfront Cost’. Mr Rajkiran is leading the project on ECBC implementation at ASCI with the support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)– Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)– Global Environment Fund(GEF).

"This year’s forum is the most dynamic and successful one till date. It is a great learning experience for me. Participants lived up to the ACEF's theme: Developing New Thinking to Overcome Old Challenges. Experts at the conference deliberated on how policy, technology, and finance can address Asia's climate and energy security challenges through renewable energy and energy efficiency," Mr.Rajkiran said.

More than 1,500 participants from 75 countries participated in deliberations during more than 35 sessions, workshops, and side events; ten Deep Dive Workshops; six Thematic Tracks with 90 presentations; four plenary sessions. "The new networking session, which featured 26 presenters pitching innovative ideas in eight minute rotations was an exciting part of the conference," Mr.Rajkiran, who shared his ideas with world leaders in the area of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, observed.  

Mr.Rajkiran's presentation highlighted the Mahindra Towers’ business case in implementing EE improvements. Through an energy performance contract (EPC), the Mahindra Towers reduced its power consumption by 14% in the first 12 months of the retrofit and saved 543,108 kWh of energy (amounting to $66,200) from March 2009 to February 2010.

Mr Rajkiran had taken up this project in 2010 and worked towards mandatory implementation framework for ECBC compliance in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The framework prepared by ASCI team in partnership with Natural Resources Defense Council, USA, is now followed by many States in the country as one of the effective tools to implement mandatory compliance of energy conservation building codes. Mr Rajkiran and his team has trained more than 240 government officials, architects, and real estate developers on ECBC and extending handholding support to the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for its effective implementation.